Taking time to remember......
What an eventful week it has been for KAS!
Firstly, we must wish Sandy and her family all the very best as they embark on their new ventures knowing that they will always be an integral part of the KAS family. Then, you are hearing from me this week because Ronda is enjoying a well-deserved break and is spending some time up near the Kruger National Park. She will be returning next week.
The temperatures have warmed up somewhat in South Africa and as such we are not distributing blankets every week. We do have a few more distributions planned for this year and expect a busy few weeks ahead of Christmas – can you believe it is nearly the end of the year? At this slightly quieter time, we are concentrating on putting in place plans to address our current backlog which exists in the making up of blankets. I met with a lovely lady last week who works for an organisation called CABSA. Lyn had some wonderful ideas of ways in which they could assist KAS and she is going to put us in touch with homes that care for the elderly in the Johannesburg area in the hope that we can establish relationships with them and get some of the residents to help stitch together blankets. We need to ensure that every blanket pack currently in our “Blanket Pack Room” is made up and ready to be distributed ahead of winter 2014.
On that note, I must just tell you about a lady we know only as “Doreen’s mom”. She is one of our star stitchers and manages to make up, on average, 20 blankets a week! That is quite something and I am going to make a point of driving to Vanderbijlpark, where she lives, to meet her so that I can share her story with you!
Last week a group of us volunteers met at the KAS office for our first crochet lesson! It really was a scream and we had a wonderful time. I don’t for one second believe that we will be churning out the beautiful squares we receive from you, but it certainly is a very useful skill to have and one we will definitely use in making up the blankets. Sadly we were concentrating so hard in class that no one took any photos!
I wondered what photos to share with you this week as I literally have hundreds of them and I have decide to reminisce a little and share some of my favourite photos taken over the years. I hope you enjoy these and that they are a reminder of why we do what we do!
Have a wonderful week!